Selecting the right elements for your wedding stationery can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure of the purpose each piece serves. Here is our break-down and description of each element of your wedding invitation suite.
Save the Date Card
This card announces that you are getting married! It’s important to give your guests a heads up on this important date — especially if you are having an out of town or destination wedding!
This is special card that announces your wedding has occurred or will occur. It contains a date and description and is often used to announce and invite guests to a reception at home, usually after a destination wedding has taken place.
Wedding Invitation Items
WEDDING INVITATION — This card invites your guests to your wedding and sets the stage for your spectacular day! Be super creative with this — no mass produced invites are found here! We can help you design a wedding invitation that is just as unique as you are.
RESPONSE CARD (RSVP) — Your guests will reply to you using this card! It can be returned to you in an envelope or mailed as postcard.
RESPONSE CARD ENVELOPE — If your RSVP is not a postcard, then you’ll need a response card envelope. Typically an A2 envelope, your RSVP will be sized to fit inside.
INSERT CARD — This small card can be used for a reception, direction card, registry card, accommodations or any other additional information your guests will need.
INNER ENVELOPE — This envelope is optional and allows you to be more specific about who you are inviting to your wedding. This envelope holds the invitations and is placed inside the outer envelope for mailing.
OUTER ENVELOPE — The inner envelope (optional) is placed inside the outer envelope, which is addressed and mailed to your guests.
BACKING LAYER — A matte or shimmer layer adhered to your wedding invitation. It gives your wedding invitation a little more punch and a heavier feel.
ENVELOPE LINER — Usually a printed piece of paper adhered to the inside of the envelope for a pop of color or extra umph, examples include a map or pattern.
RAFFIA — A natural tie that is seen on many of our invitations and luggage tag inserts or RSVP. When used as a tie, it can be wrapped around the invitation with a bow or laced through a wooden charm. Colors are limited and hard to match, so we typically use natural.
BAKERS TWINE — A thin piece of yarn that is seen around many of our invitations. When used as a tie, it can be wrapped around the invitation with a bow or laced through a small tag. We can try to match the color of the bakers twine to your custom wedding invitation.
RIBBON — Satin or gross-grain, ribbon can be wrapped around your invitation with a bow or cut and secured with a custom wedding logo tag. Ribbon is also used in the spine of passport wedding invitations and wrapped around some boarding pass wedding invitations. We can try to match the color of the ribbon to your custom wedding invitation.
BURLAP — A natural wrap that is used around wedding invitations. Typically seen with another embellishment, such as raffia or bakers twine, burlap is not transparent and only available in brown.
SINAMAY — A natural wrap that is used around wedding invitations. Typically seen with another embellishment, such as raffia and a wooden embellishment, sinamay is transparent and only available in the natural color.
WOODEN EMBELLISHMENT — A great charm your wedding guests will love! As the name implies, it’s a wooden piece that provides depth to your invitation. These can be customized or you can use one of our stock options (airplane, starfish, palm tree, sea turtle, etc.), just let us know when you place your order. These embellishments must be used in conjunction with raffia, ribbon or bakers twine in order to secure the wooden charm to your wedding invitation.
ACRYLIC EMBELLISHMENT — A great charm your wedding guests will love! As the name implies, it’s an acrylic piece that provides depth to your invitation. These can be customized or you can use one of our stock options (airplane, starfish, palm tree, sea turtle, etc.), just let us know when you place your order. These embellishments must be used in conjunction with raffia, ribbon or bakers twine in order to secure the acrylic charm to your wedding invitation.
VELLUM OVERLAY/INSERT — A transparent sheet that can be printed and place on top of your wedding invitation or wrapped around it (like seen on our Air Mail Wedding Invitation).
MENU — Shows your guests what you will be eating at the reception. These are usually placed on the tables and coordinate with the wedding’s theme and colors.
TABLE CARD — Shows your guests what the table number or name is. Some of our creative couples name their tables after their favorite places!
PLACE CARD — A place card is put at his specific seat; write the guest’s name on both sides of the card so everyone knows who their tablemates are.
ESCORT CARD — An escort card, typically situated on a table near the entrance to your reception room, lists a guest’s table number. It’s often tucked into a miniature envelope with the guest’s name written on the outside.
PROGRAM — Helps your guests follow your ceremony and introduces them to your wedding party. This also helps them understand some traditions you choose to incorporate in your ceremony. Special words of thanks or recognition can also be included in the program.
THANK YOU CARD — Thank you cards are the best way to tell your guests how much your appreciate them! It’s a good idea to address your thank you card envelopes before your wedding day, that way when you receive a gift, all you have to do is write the thank you and mail it!